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Sun Dec 1, 2013, 09:03 AM

BAE, GD: We Can Cut Weight From Army’s GCV


BAE, GD: We Can Cut Weight From Army’s GCV
By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
on November 27, 2013 at 4:29 AM

As storm clouds loom over the Army’s controversial Ground Combat Vehicle, both contractors competing for GCV say they’re focused on completing the program of record still on the books. But if the Army slows the program down – a near-certainty at this point – both BAE Systems and General Dynamics told me they are ready to adapt. In fact, they’ll make the best of any extra time to refine their designs and develop new technologies.

The biggest single criticism of the GCV has been how heavy it is. The Congressional Budget Office estimated up to 84 tons, although the fine print noted that figure was for a hypothetical future version that had grown to the maximum the vehicle could bear. News stories often describe it as weighing over 70 tons. But both contractors insist their designs are already below that figure and that they can keep whittling the weight down over time.

Depending on how much modular armor you bolt on to BAE’s current design, “it’d be in the 60- to 70-ton range depending on the configuration,” said BAE program director Deepak Bazaz.

Not coincidentally, 70 tons plus 20 percent more weight for future upgrades — a margin for growth the Army requires the GCV designs to have — is how CBO came up with its 84-ton figure.

unhappycamper comment: I read an article the other day that the new GCV will cost around $1.8 million dollars a pop.

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Sun Dec 1, 2013, 09:58 AM

1. That's why they call it pork. nt

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